World Day Against Child Labour

Football match to eliminate the worst forms of child labour in Egypt

The ILO Cairo Office celebrated the World Day Against Child Labour on 13 June 2018 with a musical entertainment performance for the children followed by a football match.

Press release | 14 June 2018
Cairo (ILO News), In Egypt, the World Day against Child Labour was marked by a musical entertainment performance for the children followed by a football match held on 13 June 2018 in Cairo. It was organized under the theme “Towards Generation Safe and Healthy”, in partnership with the Ministry of Manpower, the Ministry of Social Solidarity, the National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, and the Association of Friends of the National Cancer-Free Initiative.

This year, the World Day Against Child Labour (WDACL) and the World Day for Safety and Health at Work (SafeDay) shine a spotlight on the global need to improve the safety and health of young workers and end child labour.


During his speech, Mr. Peter van Rooij, ILO Cairo Director expressed that the National Action Plan on Combating Child Labour and Supporting Family (2018-2025), currently in progress by Government of Egypt, is an excellent example of commitment of the government of Egypt and social partners in reaching the best interest of the child. Mr. Peter van Rooij also highlighted Egypt’s commitment towards the ratification of the ILO Convention no. 138 on Minimum Age and Convention no. 182 on Worst Forms of Child Labour.


On behalf of the Minister of Manpower, Mr. Ashraf Marzouk, Advisor to the Minister highlighted the role of the ministry in ensuring the safety and health at the workplace through legislation (including the hazardous work list) and awareness sessions to workers and inspection visits to enterprises. He also presented a vivid story for the children on staying safe when getting in contact with electric appliances.

In a beautiful outdoors atmosphere, the celebration had the children at the heart by organizing an entertainment performance for the children, then Iftar Ramadan, followed by a football match with the children and distribution of medals “You are a Hero” for each child. Most of the children participating in the event were children who recovered from cancer disease.

The celebration brought together more than 120 participants including parliamentarians, representatives from Ministry of Manpower, Ministry of Social Solidarity, Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture, National Council for Childhood and Motherhood, embassies, NGOs and development agencies, media and children and their families.